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December 20, 2021

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E.P.A. Announces Tighter Auto Pollution Rules

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-12-20 15:46:46

The tailpipe rule, which will take effect in 60 days and apply to model years 2023 to 2026, is a return of sorts to regulations enacted by the Obama administration in 2012, which required that passenger vehicles sold by automakers achieve an average of roughly 51 miles per gallon by 2025. President Donald J. Trump weakened the standard in 2020 to about 44 miles per gallon by 2026. “We followed the science, we listened to stakeholders, and we are setting robust and rigorous standards that will aggressively reduce the pollution that is harming people and our planet — and save families money at the same time,” Michael S. Regan, the administrator of the E.P.A., said in a statement. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Mass., Md. approve deals for massive offshore wind farms

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-20 15:46:23

Massachusetts and Maryland announced deals Friday to ramp up purchases of offshore wind, giving a jolt to the East Coast’s growing base of manufacturers and shipbuilders that supply the industry. The moves are notable because of the size of the projects and the expectation they will boost local parts suppliers and accompanying jobs, creating what observers say could be the offshore wind equivalent of Detroit’s car-parts industries. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Biden’s China and Climate Goals Clash Over Solar Panels

By Josh Zumbrun, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-12-20 15:47:07

The Biden administration faces a looming decision on solar-energy tariffs that pits its goal of combating climate change against its ambition to wrestle high-tech manufacturing supply chains from China. Early next year, U.S. taxes on imported solar panels are set to expire after a four-year run. Many climate activists and solar-energy users want the administration to scrap the tariffs, saying they make solar panels needlessly expensive. [ read more … ]


Climate showdown in February

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-12-20 15:48:07

 The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the fight over the scope of EPA’s climate authority over power plants on Feb. 28, the court announced on Friday. The court in October said it would hear appeals from a coalition of red states and coal companies, which stem from the D.C. Circuit’s January ruling striking down the Trump-era Affordable Clean Energy rule. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Manchin burns climate package. What happens now?

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-20 15:47:38

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin delivered a blow yesterday to legislation seen as the last best chance for Congress to address climate change, but congressional leaders appear unwilling to give up. Manchin’s move upended the Democrats’ calculus for approving much of the president’s agenda, leading to a stern statement from White House spokesperson Jen Psaki. But Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) say the effort continues. [ read more … ]

Biden Climate Agenda Now Hinges on Rules Exposed to Rewrite

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-12-20 15:48:26

It may still be possible for Biden to fulfill the U.S. pledge to pare greenhouse gas emissions 50% to 52% by the end of the decade without the legislation — but it won’t be easy and it will require a rapid, aggressive ramp up in federal regulation targeting greenhouse gas emissions from every sector of the economy. And even then, regulations can be challenged in court or rolled back by succeeding administrations.  [ read more … ]

Dems scramble, seethe after Manchin kills climate bill

By Adam Aton, Sara Schonhardt, Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-20 15:48:50

Climate experts started scrambling for workarounds to compensate for the money and policies killed by the West Virginia Democrat’s decision that he announced during a “Fox News Sunday” interview yesterday. The White House began picking up the pieces of a political coalition riven by distrust and recriminations. And climate diplomacy, already staggering from this year’s disappointing global climate summit, was poised to sink to a new low [ read more … ]

‘Not the end of the road’: Greens defiant as bill collapses

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-20 15:49:06

Environmental groups struck a defiant tone yesterday, pledging to keep pushing forward on the climate change provisions in the “Build Back Better Act” even after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he wouldn’t support the measure. Climate advocates said President Biden and congressional Democrats put together what would be the most aggressive climate policies in the nation’s history, and Manchin shouldn’t be able to sink them. [ read more … ]

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